Gambling (including lottery tickets) was discussed, but not included in the 'risk' factors. Most of their group gamble several times per week. Can you imagine being a person who smokes, takes oxy, gets drunk daily, plays on-line blackjack, but won't get a vax for the deadliest thing in our lifetime because it might be dangerous?!I wonder how many of these people gamble thinking they might win? Its simply irrational thinking. Humans are irrational creatures. But the role of media in our lives is a big part of this - both traditional media and now social media. When Sydney went back into lockdown on June 26 I could not believe that idiots at my local supermarket have decided to clear out the shelves of all the toilet paper again?
I will never claim to be the smartest guy in the room (mostly because I never am!), but I am always listening to (reading) the smartest people so that I can be informed. I am certainly irrational at times (sorry you've experienced that), but I try to be or become informed. I fear that many/most don't make the effort to see beyond the tweet or news anchor.